Although a gated community, Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort is also open to the public, and many area residents and visitors take advantage of the resort's amenities.
The resort's 2,400 acres cross U.S. Highway 98, with different amenities on the north and south side.
On the south the sugar-white sand beach can be found, The Hilton hotel, Serenity Spa, the award-winning Seagar's prime steak fine-dining restaurant, Barefoot Bar & Grill, and the popular Elephant Walk restaurant.
On the north side of the resort guests can choose from approximately 20 eateries, including fine and casual dining, and coffee shops. Most of these are located at The Village of Baytowne Wharf, which has been referred to as the resort's heart and soul.
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Visiting the Village is free and open to the public, and is pet friendly.
Also on the north side of the property is Baytowne Marina, home to 113 boat slips. Built in 1985, the marina can handle up to 140-foot boats. Although the marina has not expanded and is still on the same configuration now as when it was originally built, its occupation rate has increased and it is now full 92 percent of the year, said assistant dock manager Dick Flanery.
"This marina is a very popular destination," he said.
Its popularity sometimes draws those who are famous, but Flanery would not say who, as the famous like to guard their privacy. However, it is known that Governor Scott visits from time to time to fish and boat.
Those who use the marina get an amenities card the same as other guests that allows them to access the tram, canoes, kayaks, pool, tennis, and fitness center, all complimentary.
At end of dock, boaters will find the full-service Marina Bar & Grill, bait shop and pontoon boats. And to add to the ambiance, Mary Ann the Macaw makes her home in a tree outside the bar, and has proven to be quite a draw.
All attractions and amenities at the resort and Village are accessible by bike, golf cart, or shuttle without leaving the resort.